PhD Studentship: 'Hyper-Diversity’ Places: Negotiating the Urban Geographies of Communities in Contemporary Cities

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering

Funded PhD project: Worldwide (International, UK and EU)
Value: Funding covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance of £14,553 for the 2017/18 academic year. Funding duration is 3 years.
Number of awards: 1
Deadline: Ongoing
Supervisors: Contact Dr Gehan Selim or Professor Stephen Garrity to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Cities are now shifting towards new modes of hyper-diversity indicating that these places are not only diverse in ethnic, demographic and socioeconomic terms, but many differences exist concerning attitudes, lifestyles, and behaviours. The term hyper-diversity intends to drill down into what appear to be homogeneous groups by going beyond intersecting identity categories, to focus upon embodied, emotional and habitual facets of every day. Given contemporary debates about migration, religious and ethnic difference – which often focus on young people in urban areas – it is incumbent to engage with the shifting and ever complex terrain of diversity.

This PhD topic is prompted by inquiring to what extent can the concept of ‘hyper-diversity’ challenge and extend architectural, geographical and urban scholarship on the lives of diverse urban youth? The conceptual framework will focus on ‘difference and diversity’ as a foundational principle, for now, well-established theories of Architecture, urban studies, and geography.

The study also aims to enrich scholarship on youth people, which has rarely influenced theoretical developments within Architecture and urbanism. Therefore there is far more work to be tested and examined to articulate the many ways in which people’s everyday urban lives matter.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in a relevant subject.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements:

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the ‘Hyper-diversity’ Places: Negotiating the urban geographies of communities in contemporary cities’ as well as Dr Gehan Selim as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.  All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office, e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.

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